In 2014, CNN gave reporter Claas Relotius its coveted “Journalist of the Year” award. Just years later, the reporter has resigned in disgrace after admitting to fabricating stories on a massive scale.
Der Spiegel revealed the stunning development in a statement on Wednesday, confirming the journalist had confessed:
"Claas Relotius, a reporter and editor, falsified his articles on a grand scale and even invented characters, deceiving both readers and his colleagues. This has been uncovered as a result of tips, internal research and, ultimately, a comprehensive confession by the editor himself."
In one report, Relotius traveled to “small-town America” to explore the alleged “intolerance” of Trump supporters. He eventually admitted he “falsified articles on a grand scale and even invented characters.”
“Relotius' Arizona story wasn't his only falsified work about the United States,” NPR reported. "A 2017 piece about a rural Minnesota town's love of President Trump opened with a striking anecdote about a sign at the city's entrance that read ‘Mexicans keep out.’ Der Spiegel now says the sign never existed.”
Two residents in the small town Fergus Falls , Minnesota, were relentless in exposing the false portrayal of her community. Michele Anderson and Jake Krohn penned an article on Medium outlining the falsehoods in Relotius’s reporting.
“Not only did Relotius’ ‘exposé’ on Fergus Falls make unrecognizable movie-like characters out of the people in my town that I interact with on a daily basis, but its very basic lack of truth and its bizarrely bleak portrayal of the place I love left a very sick, unsettled feeling in the pit of my stomach,” the article stated.
There were so many “lies” in his reporting that the residents said they “had to narrow them down to top 11 most absurd lies (we couldn’t do just 10) for the purpose of this article.”
This is guy CNN selected as its “journalist of the year” in 2014.
Tucker Carlson is spot-on.